What kinds of music do you sing?

Our fall season is typically focused on a holiday music program since our concerts are performed in December. We select songs that touch on Christmas and Hanukah, but lean toward more seasonal secular music versus sacred music. In the Spring, the sky’s the limit! We sing Broadway, oratorio, American Song Book, spirituals, even a little opera. It’s a great mix and we always include a surprise or two to keep our singers – and our audiences – excited and surprised by the repertoire. All music is performed in four (SATB) or three (SAB) parts.

In October 2015, Encore was proud to introduce Encore Rocks! a Rock & Roll chorus singing the greatest hits of the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. Encore now has six Encore ROCKS! locations in the DC area, as well as a ROCKS chorus in New York City as of March 2018. This program is proving to be very successful and will continue to expand.

Must I be an experienced singer to join an Encore program?

Definitely not! Encore Chorales and Encore ROCKS Choruses are comprised of people who have sung with organized groups for many years, as well as people who have never sung with a group before. Some didn't even know they could sing! Some can read music; some cannot. The objective is simply to have fun, but in a unique and challenging way.

Why does Encore charge tuition?

Encore is an educational program for adults over the age of 55. Tuition is necessary for Encore to provide the highest caliber programs that meet the needs of our participants. Many factors go into determinnig tuition rates, which may vary from one location to another based on these variables. Encore keeps tuition as low as possible while addressing the realities of providing excellent and assessible programs to each of our Encore singers.  Some of the factors that determine tuition rates include:

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What forms of payment do you accept for tuition?

For those Encore programs for which you pay Encore directly, you may pay with cash or check at your first rehearsal.  We also accept credit cards via PayPal on our web site.  Online registration for those programs is located HERE.  Some of our programs are under the auspices of a sponsoring organization, e.g., AACC, Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo, Langston Brown. Registration and payment for those programs is per the requirements of the sponsoring organization. Links to those locations' registration pages are generally provided in our rehearsal schedule information on our home page during the registration period. 

What’s your refund policy if I have to leave the chorale for some reason mid-season?

When payments are made directly to Encore, tuition refunds will be given on the following schedule:

  • Cancellation prior to the 1st rehearsal – full tuition refund.
  • Cancellations during weeks one through four of the season – prorated tuition refund minus $10 per rehearsal held, regardless of your attendance, minus a $25 materials/administrative fee.
  • No tuition refunds will be given after week four of the season.


What do singers wear for performances?

For Encore Chorales: Women wear all black - dresses, shirts, tops (no sleeveless). Skirts and dresses should be tea length or long, with black hose and shoes. Men wear dark slacks and jackets, white shirt and tie (wild is good!), dark socks and shoes.

For Encore ROCKS: All wear dark (black) slacks or skirts and a bright solid colored shirt/blouse or a bright solid colored scarf.

It's always best to double check concert attire requirements before specific concerts as there may be changes, e.g., when performing joint concerts with Encore Chorales, Encore ROCKS attire may be changed.

I can’t make it to the first two rehearsals in the upcoming season – may I still join?

Yes! Contact our office to let us know of your situation and we will make a note to hold music for you. We recommend that anyone who cannot make the first 4 weeks of rehearsals consider waiting until the next season to join. Coming in after week 4 as a new singer will be challenging. Not impossible, but challenging. Also, Encore allows singers to make up rehearsals at other locations (see FAQ item related to that.

Feel free to call our office to discuss your situation.

Does Encore ever deny or restrict participation of a singer who is over 55?

The health and safety of our singers is of paramount importance to Encore. If in the judgement of Encore’s management, a current or prospective participant in an Encore program exhibits behavioral issues (including improper conduct) that pose a direct or significant risk to singers’ health and safety, Encore reserves the right to deny that individual’s enrollment in an Encore program.

Are contributions to Encore tax-deductible?

Encore welcomes charitable contributions. We are incorporated as a nonprofit in the State of Maryland, and have received our 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation status from the Internal Revenue Service, making your contribution tax deductible.

You may send your contribution to: Encore Creativity for Older Adults, 147 Old Solomons Island Road, Suite 211, Annapolis, MD 21401-0910 

You may also make a pledge on our web site and we will send you an invoice. 

More information about giving to Encore may be found HERE

Our IRS Form 990 filings may be found here: 2017 2016 2015 2014 

How do I sign up for Encore concert travel excursions?

First, contact Encore's office at 301-261-5747 for details and registration information. We will advise you on how to reserve your place on the trip. This may be done with a cruise company or other travel organization - or directly through Encore. Our current planned travel is a concert tour to England with an optional Trans-Atlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2 in May 2019. More information is available on this web site..